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Tapering of Benefits

(Self-Occupied Person)

Overview

Social Assistance beneficiaries who start participating in a gainful occupation can opt for the Tapering of Benefit scheme if they earn at least the National Minimum Wage or more and if they have been in receipt of Social Assistance or Unemployment Assistance for at least 1 year in the last 3 years.

What you’ll get

The awarded Tapering of Benefits rate is a percentage of the last Social Benefit rate awarded excluding bonuses:

  • 65% of the benefit rate for the first year
  • 45% of the benefit rate for the second year
  • 25% of the benefit rate for the third year

Beneficiaries are paid in arrears every 4 weeks.

You may make use of an online Calculator to calculate your potential entitlement of the Tapering of Benefits.

Eligibility

General eligibility criteria:

An applicant who is now engaged in full-time employment and earning not less than the National Minimum Wage, should have been in receipt of a non-contributory benefit for a period of 1 year in the last 3 years.

How to apply

Fill in and submit the application online.